The media industry is vastly transforming, and the uncertainty of specific careers within the field is prevalent. However this doubt might be the exact motivation for the younger generation of aspiring journalists, as University of Wollongong students express their aspirations to enter the journalistic paradigm.
For Montana Soldatic, 18 year old Journalism and Communications and Media student, a career in fashion writing is obvious. With her passion beginning with her mother’s own designs, Montana’s love for all things fashion progressed from simply an interest to a desired career. “My dream job is obviously working at Vogue amongst the great artists and designers” she reveals. The changing industry of the media realm is not off-putting to Montana, as she describes the diligent work ethic needed. “I feel that if you work hard you can achieve anything. I know there are so many strong successful women, like Anna Wintour, doing what they want because of how hard they worked.”
Similarly to Montana, 18-year-old UOW Journalism student Zoe Simmons possesses an immense passion for music and writing, making it obvious that there is no option but to dedicate her life to them. “Music, like writing, is something special. You put your sadness and your heart and soul into your work and it’s beautiful. I couldn’t survive without either.” Despite her knowledge of changing media platforms, Zoe remains optimistic about the future of the media domain, and her position within it. “I don’t think music magazines are that popular. I envision it as more as physically interviewing bands, covering something like Soundwave. But in saying that, I think that magazines will continue to be printed.”
Continuing with the creative journalism categories, Ruben Campbell, 18-year-old Communications and Media student, dreams of following in the footsteps of his journalist mother. “I started to write articles about the Cronulla Sharks when I was about 9. Plus my mother worked for the local paper, so I wanted to do something similar to her.” Inspired by the writings of Paul Kent, Ruben’s ambition of sports writing has led him to already planning to conduct work experience with Kiama Independent. Like both Montana and Zoe, Ruben possesses a strong sense of optimism and drive towards the future of the media industry. “I think sports journalism will become to be more influenced by social media and online blogs, and less people will continue to buy newspapers. But it depends on skill set and how you would present yourself…you have to be passionate.”
In contrast, Annie Hazleton, 18-year-old UOW student, wishes to combine journalism with an unorthodox pairing…science. Combining her love for these two elements, it was during the year 12 period were Annie realised she could combine the two and enter science communication. “It was a great moment.” She expresses.Like all previous students, Annie isn’t phased about the changing effects of the media industry, particularly the transition from print to digital. “Scientists are all about progress. Moving everything online? Yes please!” Annie is further driven by the notion that most of the ‘successful’ science communicators are male, which she believes acts as a deterrent to females wanting to enter the science field. She aims to prove to herself and to the science communication community that women are just as capable.
With diverse dreams within the journalistic world, one commonality among all students is evident…they are all willing to take on the revolutionising world of the media.